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Formulas and Shortcuts for Time, Speed and Distance

Learn the formulas and shortcuts for solving problems on Time, Speed and Distance which are very common in competitive exams like Banking, SSC, CSAT, etc. Knowing the shortcut methods for solving such Quantitative Aptitude problems will give you an edge as most competitive exams also test your time management skills.
Mar 12, 2018 11:42 IST
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Time Speed Distance

Problems on ‘Time, Speed and Distance’ are very common in competitive exams like Banking, SSC, CSAT, etc. Knowing the shortcut methods for solving such Quantitative Aptitude problems will give you an edge as most competitive exams also test your time management skills. The basic concepts of ‘Time, Speed and Distance’ revolve around its formula;

Time Speed Distance Formula

For example, if you know the speed of any vehicle and the distance covered by that vehicle, then you can easily calculate the time taken for the entire journey by using the above formula.

Let's have a look at some basic formulas and shortcut methods for problems related to Time, Speed and Distance:

Learn shortcuts to solve Problems on Trains

Basic Conversions

 

Time Speed Distance Conversion

Conversion Table

Example: A train travelling at the rate of 72 km/hr crosses a pole in 8 seconds. What is its length?

Solution:        

Time Speed and Distance Example

Average Speed

 

Average Speed

The basic formula for average speed is:

Average Speed

That is,

Average Speed

•    When distance is constant:

The average speed is given by the formula,

Average Speed

where S1, S2,… Sn are the different speeds.

For two speeds,

Average Speed

where S1 and S2 are the two different speeds.

For example, if a car travels distance (d) at a speed of x km/hr and returns at y km/hr, then the above formula can be used to calculate the average speed.

•    When time is constant:

The average speed is given by the formula,

Average Speed

For two speeds,

Average Speed

Relative speed:

The relative speed of two bodies travelling at speeds of x km/hr and y km/hr:

•    in the same direction is given by (x - y)km/hr

Relative Speed

•    in the opposite direction is given by (x + y)km/hr

Relative Speed

Example: A man rides a motor cycle for 11 km at 20 km/hr and for 20 km at 11 km/hr. What is the average speed of both his trips?

Solution:

Relative Speed Example

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